Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/27/19, Saturday – 11/30/19, Sunday – 12/1/19

The average take of Waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area climbed upward compared to Sunday’s poor average bag.  Pintail, despite having a one bird limit, appeared in first place for most numerous bird checked in with Gadwall scoring the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/27/19 were as follows:

80 adult hunters and 5 junior hunters bagged 22 Northern Shovelers, 11 Mallards, 27 Gadwall, 25 Widgeon, 35 Pintail, 7 Green Wing Teal, 9 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Redheads, 1 Scaup, 1 Bufflehead, and 2 Ruddy Ducks. 16 Snow Geese were checked in at Wister on Wednesday.  2 Coots were also downed at Wister on Wednesday. This figured out to an average harvest of 1.68 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 1.89 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 20 hunters checked in on time to get their spot.

Average bag of Waterfowl at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area rose slightly compared to Wednesday’s fair average take.  Pintail held on to first place for most numerous bird taken with Widgeon jumping into the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/30/19 were as follows:

65 adult hunters and 6 junior hunters bagged 14 Northern Shovelers, 7 Mallards, 15 Gadwall, 22 Widgeon, 32 Pintail, 17 Green Wing Teal, 11 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 2 Ring Necks, 2 Bufflehead, and 4 Ruddy Ducks. 18 Snow Geese were downed at Wister on Saturday.  8 Coots were also brought into the check station at Wister on Saturday. This worked out to an average take of 1.80 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 2.17 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 16 arrived in time to claim their spot.

The Waterfowl average harvest of at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area slid back downward compared to Saturday’s fair average.  Widgeon were found in first place for most numerous bird harvested with Mallards taking the second spot.  The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 12/1/19 were as follows:

21 adult hunters and 3 junior hunters bagged 2 Northern Shovelers, 7 Mallards, 6 Gadwall, 11 Widgeon, 4 Pintail, 4 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Ring Neck, and 2 Ruddy Ducks. There were 2 Snow Geese checked in at Wister on Sunday.  2 Coots were also downed at Wister on Sunday. This figured out to an average harvest of 1.54 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coots worked in to the total, 1.71 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 9 got there on time for their hunting spot.

Wister is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only. You can put in for reservations online through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS).  Your reservation request has to be to the ALDS system 17 days in advance to get in on the drawing or you can get in on the daily “sweatline” drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of.  Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweatline” drawing is done the night before at 10:30 pm, with sign-up for the drawing between 7:30 and 10:30 pm. The ALDS can be accessed through the DFW website at the below link –

https://www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales

Don’t forget that all licenses and 1 day, 2 day or season passes must be purchased at a DFW Office or a license agent before your arrival at the refuge.  These can be purchased online via the ALDS system also, however, you will have to wait for the DFG to mail you’re the actual licenses and passes which can take up to 15 days.  If you purchase your license and passes in person at a DFW office or license agent you immediately get them without the wait for the mail.  No licenses or passes will be sold at the check stations this season.  You can also show up for an afternoon refill hunt but the last refill is at 2 PM. For more information, contact the staff at Wister Staff at 760-359-0577.

 

 

 


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